Brooklyn native Capathia Jenkins made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She also created the roles of The Washing Machine in Caroline, or Change and Frieda May in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Other credits include the 2000 off-Broadway revival of Godspell, the Broadway production of The Look of Love, and an appearance off-Broadway in (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Most recently she was seen in Newsies on Broadway and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
As a concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with numerous orchestras around the world including those of Cleveland, Houston, Pittsburgh (with Marvin Hamlisch), Washington DC, Atlanta, Seattle, Utah, Minnesota, San Antonio, Memphis, Nashville, Grant Park, Toledo, Colorado, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, San Diego, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others. She has appeared as soloist with the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic and performed with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. She also sang in a Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress and had the honor of performing in the “Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba” concert as part of the Festival de Teatro de la Habana. This performance marks her San Francisco Symphony debut.
Ms. Jenkins’s television credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order SVU, The Sopranos, and Law & Order, and she was featured in the live broadcast of The Wiz on NBC. She can also be seen in the film Musical Chairs and heard on the film soundtracks for Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2. For more information, visit capathiajenkins.com.